This Is How The Ford F-150's Taillight Scales Work

This Is How The Ford F-150's Taillight Scales Work

The 2021 Ford F-150 has a feature called “Onboard Scales,” which uses the taillights to help make sure you don’t overload the truck beyond its payload capacity. Here’s how this works. I’m always impressed when automotive software engineers use already-existing hardware to develop useful new features. Ford’s Trail Control (off-road cruise control) and Trail Turn Assist (a feature that brakes the rear inside wheel to allow for a tighter turn) are two great examples that take advantage of drive-by-wire and the vehicle’s highly capable ABS system. Now there’s Onboard Scales. My taillight-fetishizing coworker Jason Torchinsky pretty much had a stroke when he saw this feature, as you could probably tell by his article. While that story did a great job contextualizing what this moment means in the grant scheme of …
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